Shopping for Appliances
by Nikki Willhite
The most frugal way to buy
appliances is to purchase an appliance package, on sale. That means you buy
your refrigerator, range and dishwasher together for one price. If you
were to buy the same appliances individually, the price would be higher.
The advantage to an appliance
package is that the appliances usually match. That means that if the
refrigerator has a bow handle, the same will be true of the range and the
However, unless your appliances all
need replacing, you may not want to replace all of them. If you like "high
end" appliances, you will may also not want to do this, as most appliance
packages are "builder grade."
Some people are very particular
about the features that come with their appliances. Refrigerators come
with one or two doors, French doors on top and the freezer on the bottom, ice
makers on the front doors and other configurations. Ranges have
electric or gas cook tops and vary in size. Dishwashers come with many
optional "bells and whistles." Some dishwashers have extra insulation to muffle the
sound when they are running. If your dishwasher is near a family area, this
may be important to you.
Then there is the whole option of
energy saving appliances, and if "Energy Star" appliances are worth the extra
money to buy them.
So the bottom line is that you have to consider function,
appearance and price point when making your decision.
Finally, be sure and measure your space.
When we went looking for a refrigerator, we found all of them taller than the
space in our kitchen. We solved the problem by removing the cupboard above
the refrigerator and replacing it with a shelf. It was not the prettiest
solution, but it was the most frugal way to handle the problem with our limited
Appliances should last for many years. Be
selective when choosing your appliances. Be frugal and be smart.
About the Author: Nikki Willhite,
mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing
articles on the topic of
frugal living for over a
decade. Visit her at
- where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal
Happy Families- more than just money!